For some students, joining a Black Greek Lettered Organization is at the top of the list of things to do while attending a historically black college or university (HBCU). There is no doubt that Black fraternities and sororities knows how to have a good time.
But they also offer an unique experience to grow and develop as a leader, a confident public speaker and provide some fantastic opportunities to network and operate with people within and out the organization.
Here are three ways going Greek puts you in a great position with future employers:
1. Black Greeks packs out events
There is a reason why several incoming freshman students attending HBCUs are often curious about Black Greek life. Oftentimes at HBCUs the Black Greeks are looked upon as role models with more influence than SGA, Royal Court and other organizations on campus, almost combined in some cases.
Usually Black Greek Lettered Organizations (BGLOs) packs the house at nearly all events. This is a sign that Black Greeks can greatly sell and influence others, and another skill employers like to see from new grads.
Plus, at the most basic level this is also why Black Greeks has a duty to give back.
2. Black fraternities work with people inside and outside the organization
Black Greek fraternity life can open doors to a plethora of collaboration and networking opportunities with other like-minded people–who, perhaps, before was just an opportunity wasted–from every nation known to man.
This means exchanging business cards, creating new relationships and networking with other gifted and talented individuals…although sometimes they are more like annoying little/big brothers. And that, the ability to act and react with actual human beings, is a skill employers want to see from new college grads. (Speaking of brotherhood.)
3. Black Fraternity members are “brothers for life”
In fact, they are also really, really good teammates.
Being in a Black Greek fraternity requires commitment, (hard) work and the ability to work in a team. If you are preparing to plan, organize and execute a great event on the yard, working in a team seems like the only way to get the real work done, and Black Greek fraternities and sororities are experts in teamwork.
According to an article called “The 10 Skills Employers Most Want In 20-Something Employees” by Susan Adams being able to work efficiently in a team is the skill employers say they most seek.